I was was born in Moscow, Russia, and came to the US in 1998. I'm the author of dark fantasy short fiction and 7 novels, and the winner of Amtrak Residency Program 2015. My novel Rosehead won Honorary Mention in the YA Category in the Indie Ebook Award 2016. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, and when I'm not reading, I'm scaring other writers into writing or terrifying unsuspecting readers into reading my nightmarish books. Oh, and I live in Seattle with my partner Royce Daniel and my son Peter. Your support on Patreon is my salary—you make my books happen.
Okay, that sounds very official. But who are you, REALLY?
Writing pulled me back from the dead. I wanted to kill myself—life didn't have much meaning—but my therapist said, “No. Don’t do it. Write.” So I did, and that unlocked something—something that soon became a torrent. My native Russian ceded to English. I felt like I’ve found my language, like it was safe to tell my stories. I started blogging, then writing flash fiction, then books. Writing became my therapy. Dark beginnings to happiness. Can you call it a career? I don’t know. I call it life.
Why are you on Patreon?
I've been writing full-time since 2012 and have spread myself too thin over multiple online places like Twitter, Facebook, my blog, several newsletters, and lately, by taking on multiple clients whom I teach how to sell their art. Sleep became a luxury, and I had to make a decision: to work myself into the ground or to find balance and prosper. So in 2018 I've decided to move EVERYTHING to Patreon. Everything you ever asked me for, and more:
- Writing classes? Check.
- Sales tips? Check.
- Private community? Check.
Check out the tiers to your right! They're named after the animals from Russian fairy tales (and one very scary Baba Yaga)—the tales I grew up with reading. Here they are for you:
HAMSTERS get a Thank You note with a kiss (yes, a REAL kiss) to nibble on.
SQUIRRELS an exclusive (bloody, of course) short story per year to hide in leaves.
HEDGEHOGS get early ebooks to poke about and a monthly update on all my KGB secrets.
FOXES Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) to wave their tails over.
WOLVES get writerly secrets to howl at. Insights into how I work, how to structure your stories like a best-seller, how to make believable villains and characters, and how to sell your art!
BEARS get to play around in my brain. I have so much knowledge I want to share with you, and will do so in a live monthly 30-minute group Q&A session where you can ask whatever you want! We can workshop your writing, or your sales technique. Don’t worry if you can’t make the live chat that month, you can send questions ahead of time and watch the video of the live-cast at your leisure later.
DRAGONS get to summon me from their lair. A one-hour, one-on-one call where I will teach you how to apply my writing lessons to your own story, we’ll workshop your plot, and I’ll even teach you how to sell your books! My knowledge shall be yours to mine and hoard.
BABA YAGAS get to kidnap me and cook me into borscht. I’ll read you all the things, live and in person. If you’re not local to Seattle, we’ll work out the added travel details.
That sounds pretty fantastic…but, why should I believe you?
Fair point. Don’t take my word for it. Here’s just a handful of what other people have had to say:
"Ksenia locked us in her dungeon and didn't let us out until we learned to sell, sell, sell. Deep down, we knew what to do, but she helped us focus and hone our approach. Her passion drew us out of our introversion and made all the difference."
— Corey and Nenita Ostman, science fiction authors and patrons
“Ksenia is a talented writer and all around great human. Her upcoming book TUBE is a weird and twisted thriller that I couldn't put down! As a Patreon supporter, her personal touches are beautiful and her writing advice is invaluable.”
— Liz Pecoraro-Snyder, photographer and patron
“Ms Anske is a pleasure to work with, knows social media backwards and forwards, and I look forward to achieving universal fame under her ministrations. Even though Ms. Anske treats me like an old fart, it’s worth it.”
— Michael Gruber, NYT Bestselling Author of The Book of Air and Shadows
“Ksenia pushes you into your deepest rabbit hole yet to come. She is fun to work with, a lot of fun, always has a fresh direction and her authentic madness will only leads to the best that is possible.”
— Jurrian Bevelander, photographer and storyteller
“The last session was such an AHA! for me. I love how Ksenia explained social media as a beautiful room…it made more sense to me than anything anyone has ever said to me!”
— Ellen Newhouse, author of bestselling memoir Nothing Ever Goes On Here
“Ksenia has an otherworldly ability to understand sales and marketing at the deep, human level. She works it from a place of integrity so you can feel out what’s right for you without being too sales-y or gross. Some time with Ksenia will open you up to understanding how to reach your audience in an authentic and effective way.”
— Jeff Leisawitz, author of Not F*ing Around
Convinced? Hooray! Thank you for your support!
Have more questions? Email me, and I'll answer them ALL.